ERIC Number: ED261415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Nurses' Initially Indirect Influence Attempts with Physicians: Mad, Bad, or Neither?
Cunningham, Mary Ann; Wilcox, James R.
The research described in this paper concerns nurses' alleged use of an indirect communication style, "The Doctor-Nurse Game," to influence physicians to change an order believed to be inappropriate for the patient. The paper is organized to (1) point out the parallels of the inappropriate order situation with a larger class of problematic, interpersonally sensitive situations; (2) examine the positive and negative functions of indirectness in those situations; and (3) develop a pedagogy for nurses' approaches to the inappropriate order situation that is consistent with a contemporary view of communication competence. The paper argues that the inappropriate-order situation resembles a "bind," where paradoxical demands and face-threat risks make initial indirectness a reasonable response. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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